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INTERESTING AND OUTSTANDING

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor has put together an awesome book! My Stoke of Insight: A Brain Scientists Personal Journey is extremely well written. What are the odds that someone with such extraordinary knowledge of the brain and at the height of her career would have a stroke ...
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor has put together an awesome book! My Stoke of Insight: A Brain Scientists Personal Journey is extremely well written. What are the odds that someone with such extraordinary knowledge of the brain and at the height of her career would have a stroke at the age of 37 and live to share such an amazing journey with us? That, coupled with her talent as a writer is unique and extremely interesting.
This book is written on a level that average people can comprehend. Step-by-step the author describes how she felt, how others treated her, and what happened to her brain and abilities during her left brain deterioration beginning on December 10, 1996 and the 8 year healing process she endured.
The author explains her nirvana like existence when her right brain was dominant while her left brain was healing. Her ability to live in the moment and observe her thoughts in a detached manner to reach a peaceful state as a result of her connection to her right brain is described by many other authors as "Mindfulness Meditation."
Enthralled with the story, I could not put this book down. I doubt that there is another book written by a person with firsthand expert knowledge of what it is like to have and recover from a stroke. I am glad I read this book and recommend it to people who are interested in study of the brain or those who like biographical stories of people who not only survive, but grow out of the depths of catastrophe. OUTSTANDING!

posted by 148253 on October 30, 2008

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14 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

A Stroke of Genius?

My interest in this book stems from living with a relatively young stroke survivor, but I seriously question what the author is doing here. She claims to remember so much about what hapened to her during the stroke, including things that happened when she was not consci...
My interest in this book stems from living with a relatively young stroke survivor, but I seriously question what the author is doing here. She claims to remember so much about what hapened to her during the stroke, including things that happened when she was not conscious. Her thinking 'left' brain had shut down, but she still remembers these events, especially her feelings of nirvana as her right brain was freed from the constricts of the left brain. Well, hogwash! That's certainly not what you hear from a host of other stroke survivors. It sounds in the first part a lot like what scientists speculate happens as a stroke occurs, and the author, of course, was a brain scientist. The nirvana part has apparently led to a new career for the author as she has become something of a nirvana guru, capitalizing on what she says her experience was. Well, good for her. But this is not the book I hoped would shed light on the reality of a stroke for most people. If a stroke truly induces nirvana, perhaps the rest of us are missing out. But my gut feeling is that Taylor is going to leave a lot of stroke survivors wondering why they missed out at this chance for bliss.

posted by KenCady on January 29, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Insightful view from an expert and patient's perspective

    For those of us in the healthcare field, nothing gives us more experience than that of a personal account. This is an insightful look at a stroke survivor's journey from an expert and patient perspective - both from the same individual.

    The narrative account of Ms. Taylor's experience and recovery is touching and reminds us of the survival of the human mind, as well as its capability of perception beyond our means of measurements.

    Ms. Taylor attempts to explain the stroke process and the human mind with medical language in the hopes that all can comprehend her expertise. I think the technical aspects of the book are hard to follow and become quite mundane. But, even skipping through the chapters of anatomical technicalities, one can find a message of hope in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Interesting book.

    The book was interesting since it was written by a person who had sustained a stroke. It helps explain how the brain works. Some of her descriptions of what she was experiencing was oddly described.

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